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Hi I'm Jeff

I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 3 daughters and one son, and they keep our life full. I enjoy the outdoors including hiking, mountaineering, cycling and flying. I am an engineer, and enjoy using math and science to design turbomachinery.

Why I am a Mormon

My personal conversion came about from reading the Book of Mormon. As I read and pondered the meaning of its pages, I was deeply impressed by the profound truths it contains. I have realized the wisdom of its teachings time and again as I have sought to implement its teachings into my life. The Book of Mormon provides a clear testament of the divinity of Jesus Christ, His atonement, and the purpose of our existence. I know the work to be of God. My personal conviction of the Book of Mormon has endowed my life with a sense of real purpose, extending beyond mortality, and has given me a sense of happiness and satisfaction I would not have otherwise known.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith by living the teachings of Jesus Christ. No one is a perfect exemplar of their faith (unless their faith does not inspire them to become better people), but I make a continual effort to more closely live by Christ's example. I have served other's in many capacities during my involvement with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Such service includes helping individuals and families in need, canning food for humanitarian purposes, taking part in various service projects, and working with the youth. I am currently volunteering as a Venture crew advisor for the Boy Scouts of America.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jeff
The true nature of Christ's atonement is beyond the grasp of mortal comprehension. However, the teachings of the Book of Mormon and the Bible do shed light on certain aspects of the atonement, and why it was necessary. The Book of Mormon teaches us that "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God" (1Nephi 15:33-34). Since we all sin (break God's commandments), we fall short of being worthy to be in God's kingdom. God realizes that we are imperfect beings, and wants us to learn from our mistakes, and become better people. In His great mercy, he has provided a savior for us to deliver us from the consequences of sin. The miracle of Christ's atonement is that by coming unto Him, our very hearts and our character can actually be changed such that we "no more desire to do evil, but to do good continually" (Mosiah 5:2). Thus we can actually change at our very core to become more like Christ. This is what is meant by the expression 'being born again' the Lord used in His mortal ministry. This is the great hope that the atonement brings - that we can actually change who we are by coming unto Christ. I do not fully comprehend why Christ had to die for our sins, but I do believe that something about the atonement required Christ to 'descend below us all' in his suffering, so that he could truly understand each of us individually, and the suffering of mankind as a whole. I believe that this deeply personal understanding He has of each one of us is central to the atonement. Show more Show less